Freedom not Fear 15 needs you and your helping hand!

We still need helping hands to organize Freedom not Fear 15 in Brussels!

In the last weeks we already organized some Monday meetings with MEPs, but it would be great to have some more (put it into the wiki if you want other people to join you).

The same applies if you want to give a talk, workshop, whatever. Feel free to put it into the wiki.

What we don’t have until now is an organizer for the mass accomodation. It would be good if the person was able to speak French. If you need more information, contact anna[ät]freedomnotfear[dot]org.

It is also time to think about an outside action. I doesn’t have to be a demo but it would be nice to have some action slot. If you have suggestions, join our mailing list, akv-international[ät]listen.akvorrat[dot]org!

And most important task last: Spread the word!

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Join us! Announcement of Freedom not Fear 2015 in Brussels

Dear friends of a free society and internet,

tl;dr: From 16th – 19th October activists for a free internet (and
world) from all across Europe will meet for Freedom not Fear in Brussels.

There’ll be workshops, talks, discussions, meetings with members of
the EU parliament, nice people and a lot more. We want you to join and
fight with us for a digital society worth living in!

What is FNF?

There are a lot of enemies of a free internet and our privacy all
across Europe. Only one example are surveillance laws made by governments or private
industries that undermine the EU dataprotection reform. But there is
hope. There is a strong civil rights movement in Europe and it is
growing. To join forces, we connect, once a year, at Freedom not Fear.

If you are also active on civil rights issues (or you want to get active) we warmly
invite you to join us to help us grow and work together. Last year
there were about 60 attendees from about 15 different countries and
over the last years, it constantly got more and more.

Join us!

1. We are preparing a lot of things right now, so we are glad about
every helping hand. Possible tasks are manifold, e.g. we need support
to spread the word of FNF in as many European countries as possible.

2. During the weekend, we will have several workshops, talks and
discussion groups. If you want to hold a session, go ahead and write
it down in the wiki.

3. Participate! Even if you cannot invest a lot of time beforehand –
Come to FNF15. Meet people, exchange experiences and work together.
And if you spontaneously decide to give a workshop: Go for it. There
will be space for unannounced sessions.

Now, save the date and spread the word for Freedom not Fear 2015. It
will take place 16th – 19th October 2015, at Mundo B in Brussels.

What next?

It is easy to join: There will be some opportunities for travel
funding support, organized by Digitalcourage. You can also ask your
MEP if he or she is willing to fund your travel. Last year we made a
How-To about contacting them.

To get in touch and stay updated, join the international mailinglist.

That’s the place to ask your questions and to discuss your ideas! We
also have a Twitter-Account now:
@fnf_eu

Freedom not Fear is looking forward to your ideas, your campaign, your
workshop: Tell us, what you or your NGO have been doing on a certain
topic and connect with other people from Europe, working on similar
issues. Join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you
with accommodation and such.

You will find more information about FNF on the blog and the wiki.

You also may have a look what FNF13-Weekend looked like, thanks to our
friends from “GoVeto”, who made a short video-introduction.

And if you have more questions, join the list or write to:
contact [et] freedomnotfear / org

Cheers,
the FNF15 organizing people

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How to arrange a meeting with your MEP?

On FNF-Monday we traditionally meet with members of the parliament to discuss current topics of data protection, surveillance, net neutrality and many more. If you want to arrange a meeting with a MEP, you should write a mail, wait some days and if you didn’t get any answer, call them directly.

We prepared a sample letter to help you:

Dear X,

In October 2015, privacy and dataprotection activists will gather in Brussels for the 6th Freedom not Fear Conference to discuss current EU dossiers and to meet with policy-makers. For this event, we would be happy to meet with you as well and discuss about YZX

We’re currently planing this year’s conference, which will take place between from 16th to
19th of October in Brussels. Like last year, there will be around 60 participants from 15 different European countries.

You can find more information at https://freedomnotfear.org

We traditionally have meetings with MEPs and members of the Commission
on Monday (19th of October 2015) in small groups (up to 4 or 5 people) to discuss specific current topics. For this reason, we would be very happy if it were possible to discuss with you about Y.

Please let me know if you would be available for approximately one
hour on Monday, 19th October or if you have any questions regarding the
meeting.

Thanks and best,
Z

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Freedom not Fear 2015: Save the date

There are a lot of enemies threatening the free internet and our privacy across Europe. Be it surveillance laws made by governments or private industries that undermine the EU data protection reform.

But there is hope. There is a strong civil rights movement in Europe, which comes together, once a year, at Freedom not Fear.

Therefore, save the date and spread the word for Freedom not Fear 2015. It will take place 16th – 19th October 2015, at Mundo B.

We are currently planning a lot of things, but the most important thing is your participation. We have grown a lot in the last years and you can help us growing even more:

The more people come to Brussels, the better! Last year there were about 60 attendees from about 15 different countries. It is easy to join: There will be travel funding, organised by Digitalcourage. You can also ask your MEP if he or she is willing to fund your travel. Last year we made a How-To contact them.

Join the international mailinglist. That’s the place to ask your questions and to discuss your ideas! We also have a Twitter-Account now: @fnf_eu
Freedom not Fear is looking forward to your ideas, your campaign, your workshop: Tell us, what you or your NGO has been doing on a certain topic and connect with other people from Europe, working on similar issues. Join us in Brussels, it’s easy and we also try to help you with accommodation and such.

You will find more information about that here, as soon as we know.

You also may have a look what FNF13-Weekend looked like, thanks to our friends from “GoVeto”, who made this short video-introduction.

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Event Invitation: Freedom Not Fear – International Action Days in Macedonia

Once again, Macedonia joins the international Freedom Not Fear movement supporting the following basic principles:

We want freedom of speech in a digitalized world and a free and uncensored internet to express ourselves

We want privacy in the knowledge society, not surveillance

We want to live in freedom, not in fear

The Metamorphosis Foundation is inviting representatives of the media, NGOs and other associations, government and educational institutions, the private sector and all other citizens to express their support by participating in the public event which is to be held on September 26, 2014 – Friday, 11 am in the GEM club (Menada) in the Old Skopje Bazaar.

Activities planned for the event in Skopje are a discussion about the demands of the Freedom Not Fear movement, public signing of a petition for support of the demands and distribution of promotional material (t-shirts).

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Apero on the Future of the Internet – FNF pre-event

On Thursday 25 September, one day before Freedom Not Fear, Access will be organising an
Apero on the Future of the Internet from 17h to 20h in the Leopold
Park, right behind the European Parliament.

The event will bring together the digital civil rights community with the newly elected Members of European Parliament. This is a great opportunity for EDRi members to meet with MEPs and discuss your major priorities. Don’t forget to bring stickers and swag!

Practical information

Date & Time: September 25 from 17h to 20h.

Venue: Leopold Park – Access via Rue Wiertz, near the entrance of the
European Parliament Paul Henri Spaak building

Food and drinks will be served

For further questions contact Reagan [raegan [#ät] accessnow [#dot] org

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LIBE committee meeting on 29th September

On FNF Monday, 3pm, a meeting of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee (LIBE) will (most likely) take place. The LIBE committee, among other things, dealt with the Data Protection Regulation and the mass surveillance inquiries.

Such a meeting is a great opportunity for those of you who want to gain a little insight into how the EU committees work. And if you plan to go to the parliament on Monday anyhow, there won’t be organizational overhead. Just think about it :)

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Travel allowances to Brussels for Freedom not Fear

Thanks to Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP of the Green Party, and the organisation work by digitalcourage e.V. it is possible to offer travel allowances for a bunch of people who want to visit Freedom not Fear!

Registrations are accepted until Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 23:42. Places are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. There are three different options:

Option 1:
FNF weekend in Brussels with accommodation and breakfast (2-Bed-Room, Hotel Adagio Access Europe)
Price: 80 Euro – you will receive a travel allowance of 100 Euro during your stay, but only if you participate in the visit to the European Parliament on Monday (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Option 2:
FNF weekend in Brussels with accommodation and breakfast (4-Bed-Room, Hotel Adagio Access Europe)
Price: 70 Euro – you will receive a travel allowance of 100 Euro during your stay, but only if you participate in the visit to the European Parliament on Monday (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)


Option 3:

FNF weekend in Brussels without accomodation or breakfast
Price: 60 Euro – you will receive a travel allowance of 100 Euro during your stay, but only if you participate in the visit to the European Parliament on Monday (10-11:30 a.m.)

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How to ask an MEP for travel reimbursement

For some of you it might be neccessary to travel to FNF14 on your own money, e.g. if you are an independent activist or your organization is (like most times) short on funding. But there is the possibility to get travel reimbursement from members of the parliament.

Every MEP may sponsor up to 110 visitors per year in groups larger than 10 people, if you belong to such a visitor group it is mandatory to participate in a tour through the parliament. How much money will be paid to the group members depends on the distance between the departure of the group and Brussels – usually you calculate the average distance if the group is spread throughout Europe. The subsidy is €0.09 per kilometre per visitor plus meal expenses of €40 per visitor. If a group comes from more than 200 kilometres away and stays overnight, additional €60 may be paid for hotel cost coverage.

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What will happen at FNF14 …

If you haven’t been to FNF14 yet, you might ask yourself how the weekend will be structured. Therefore a very preliminary and rough schedule here. Some explanations are given below.

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  • We will have plenty of room for workshops – some of them will be pre-organized, some of them will happen spontaneously. We made a small Call for Workshops here, but you are also encouraged to just come and host a discussion, workshop, … you didn’t announce before!
  • Another really important part is to get to know each other and their groups. Therefore use the opportunity to network – during the workshops, during the breaks or while socializing in the evenings.
  • Traditionally we make some outside actions in Brussels. There have been demonstrations and last year we made some “surveillance safari” to go and watch the watchers. This was really nice and we are planning another action this year (we’ll let you know more when time comes)
  • Don’t worry: Of course there will be breaks within the workshop blocks (not like in the schedule above). But as we don’t know how much time the single workshops will need and have rooms to do multiple ones in parallel, we will do this dynamically when deciding about the schedule together.
  • On Friday we start with the keynote but feel free to come earlier and have a chat.
  • The sessions on Monday are mainly self-organized meetings! Of course you can join others but there is no sense in talking to a parlamentarian with a huge group of people. Within the next days we’ll give some “tutorial” how to organize such a meeting yourself. And if you have further questions – just go ahead and ask!
  • Most important: FNF14 needs you! So, if you have suggestions, ideas, you-name-it, just approach us and participate!
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